Wear Orange Letter from Superintendent Blaszkowski
The weekend of June 2nd – 4th is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend. On Friday, June 2nd we encourage our staff and students to wear orange.
Some of you may be wondering why orange. Orange is the color hunters wear to be safe in the woods and as the Superintendent, keeping our kids safe is the highest priority. The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education has signed a proclamation in support of National Gun Violence Awareness as well as a Safe and Secure Gun Storage resolution. If you would like to know more about National Gun Violence Awareness, they have a website: wearorange.org that gives the background behind the movement.
Why are we doing this now? Unfortunately, we had a victim of gun violence on our district property this year. Sometimes when it is close to home, it resonates a little deeper. From this experience, I realize that it affects more than just the victim. This incident was scary for students, staff, and parents. If we can prevent even one incident by encouraging responsible gun ownership, it is a step in the right direction. Please secure your weapons. It prevents stolen guns on the streets and children from hurting themselves or others. Here are a few facts about gun violence:
- 4.6 million children live in homes with guns that are both loaded and unlocked.
- 120 people are killed by guns every day.
- 208 people are shot and wounded by a gun every day.
- Firearms are the leading cause of death in children & teens in America.
You are invited to participate in the Macomb County Wear Orange Event at Veterans Memorial Park from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023. The park is located at the corner of Barkman and Chestnut across from Steenland Elementary.
Mark Blaszkowski, Superintendent
Roseville Community Schools